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U.S. lawmakers agree budget plan, wall plans dropped

Staff Writer |
U.S. lawmakers released a budget plan on Monday that will fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year with large increases for several of President Donald Trump's key priorities, including defence and border security.

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The USD1.2 trillion budget that funds discretionary government operations until September 30, increases defence spending by EUR25 billion dollars and by EUR1.5 billion for border security.

"America will be stronger and safer because of this government funding bill," Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a statement.

The measure however does not including spending to begin construction of a border wall along the US Mexican border as Trump had originally hoped. The White House last week had dropped the request over concerns about passage of the broader spending bill.

Democrats noted that a bipartisan agreement on the spending bill reached on Sunday had eliminated several Republican requests.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi noted it "does not fund President Trump's immoral and unwise border wall or create a cruel new deportation force."

A short-term spending bill passed both chambers of Congress on Friday. That measure prevented the government from shutting down most of its operations when the previous short-term authorization expired, but it only funded the government until May 5.

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